Assessing physical, emotional and social development is important at every stage of life, especially with children and adolescents as they start to form lifelong habits. Ensuring that patients ages 3-6 visit their provider at least once a year enables the parent and provider to:
Prevent illness. Your child gets scheduled immunizations, and you can ask about nutrition and safety in the home and at school.
Track growth and development. See how much your child has grown in the time since your last visit, and talk with your provider about your child's development. You can discuss your child's milestones, social behaviors and learning.
Raise concerns. Make a list of topics you want to talk about with your child's provider such as development, behavior, sleep, eating or getting along with other family members. Bring your top three to five questions or concerns with you and discuss at the start of the visit.
Take a team approach. Regular visits create strong, trustworthy relationships among pediatrician, parent and child. The AAP recommends well-child visits as a way for pediatricians and parents to serve the needs of children. This team approach helps develop optimal physical, mental and social health of a child.